Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Highlights

I don't think of myself as a very active person. I'm a homebody and appreciate quiet, unscheduled evenings and weekends, so it's funny when I look back on the year and it seems eventful. A lot can happen in 12 months.

January was fairly low-key as I prepared for February travels. It snowed just a little.

Then the temps warmed up and there was flooding.

February was one of my busiest months. In mid-February I traveled to Colorado Springs to photograph my friend Holly's wedding.

I flew from Colorado down to New Mexico for a quick visit with my sisters and their families (pictured are most of my nephieces).

Then shortly after getting back home, my mom visited for a weekend!

March was purposely uneventful so I could recuperate after February. The weather was eventful, though--it snowed twice, and in heavier quantities than January's snow.

In April, I had some work-related photo shoots and also went out on my own to enjoy the spring colors. It was a photo-y month. I visited the tulip farm after not having gone for at least a couple of years.

I also went to the Oregon Garden.

In May I did some cooking, photography and I joined Instagram. I went to the wildlife refuge and Deepwood Estate at least once. I had two different portrait sessions with my coworker, Hollie, so I could experiment with some posing and scenery.

Then over Memorial weekend I drove down to visit my parents in Yuba City, CA. We got some new koi for their pond while I was there (and then most of them died later).

June was exciting because my niece came to visit. I had been anticipating her visit for months! We went to Silver Falls, the coast and a few other places. I also started an art journal this month, though I didn't do the full 30 days.

July was one of those months where I had stuff going, but I didn't document much of it in photos. There was a garage sale, some travel plans in the works, times with friends, cooking, etc. I made at least one visit to Deepwood. I made strawberry shortcake on the 4th of July. It was all very summery.

Hm...August wasn't very well documented in my blog, but I did mention it being busy. I had this work-related photo shoot at one point, and we apparently had some hot days that I remember prepping my apartment for. I suppose it was a bit of a dull month. I did go berry-picking, though!

In September I took on a photo-of-the-day project (I completely forgot about that until now when I was looking through old posts!). I also went up to the Seattle area for my friend's birthday and we went to Snoqualmie Falls and Tacoma. I saw/photographed a fun drug dog demonstration and did normal September things. :) Whatever that means.

October! It's one of my favorite months. Mine was fairly busy with a trip to New Mexico, birthday festivities, and a trip to the pumpkin patch. That's also when my laptop broke, and so began about a month of frustration on that front, but it was okay. I watched a lot of Gilmore Girls in place of time I'd usually spend on the computer.

In November, I went to Deepwood (again!) to see what it looked like at the peak of fall.

Then, as you well know, I went to Mexico over Thanksgiving. I still owe you like 2+ days of photos from that!

And now we're in December and I've done the usual Christmasy things (minus flying home for the holidays). It's been a pretty decent month considering it's not one of my favorites.

There were lots of other things that happened to me or people in my life. Friends moved, there were deaths, there were changes at work and church. All the usual things that go on. I feel differently about some things, and have made a few changes in things like photography, this blog, and how I think (or at least I'm trying to make changes). I'd say 2012 was a decent year, overall. There were certainly some hard parts, but not as hard as previous years. How would you rate 2012?

Tonight I'm spending part of the evening with friends, but I may ring in the new year at home. What are your New Year's Eve plans?


  1. 2012 definitely had some highs and lows. And a lot of illness over here. But we survived!!

    Looking forward to what 2013 has in store.

    This is a beautiful photo recap. Thank you so much for sharing. I probably won't get a recap together myself, so thankfully, a couple of your visits to NM share with people something of what I did this year: Jessica visited. Twice.


  2. Thanks, R! Yeah, 2012 was a bit calmer for me than you guys over in NM. :)

  3. Fun recap of your year! And lots of great pics too; I especially liked the very first one and of course the little froggie : )

  4. This was great! My fave photo was the snowy flowers on the tree... so gorgeous. Sounds like a good year!



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